Website security is possibly today’s most overlooked aspect of securing the enterprise and should be a priority in any organization. Hackers are concentrating their efforts on web-based applications – shopping carts, forms, login pages, dynamic content, etc. Web applications are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and control valuable data since they often have direct access to back-end data such as customer databases.
Any defence at network security level will provide no protection against web application attacks since they are launched on port 80 – which has to remain open. In addition, web applications are often tailor-made therefore tested less than off-the-shelf software and are more likely to have undiscovered vulnerabilities. Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner automatically checks your web applications for SQL Injection, XSS & other web vulnerabilities.
Keeping personal and important business information private is just as important as having a strong defense against the many threats that may impact onto the functioning of a simple home computer. When the security needs involve protecting a web server, there are several possibilities to add supplemental safety measures.
First of all, the administrator should assess the current state of the network security and to do so, a utility like Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner may prove a gem. Mainly aimed at web applications and related content, the software is able to scan for and detect a wide range of exposures, many of which are common to several environments.
For instance, with Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner it is possible to find out if a system is exposed to various types of code injection and execution, as well as to the widespread cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.
The program is also able to inspect folder permissions and discover potentially unsafe HTTP methods that may be active on the target web server. Port scanning is another activity you can try with this application because if it discovers open ports, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner will immediately start testing in-depth the network security starting from that possible point of intrusion.
You can also check out the data that is being sent by your web apps. For this purpose you have at your disposal a HTTP Sniffer and a HTTP Fuzzer to intercept, capture and modify the traffic, as well as check for dangerous flaws that would allow for a buffer overflow attack.
Since it is packed with features and is accompanied by powerful technologies, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is a solid contender insofar as web server testing and network security examination are concerned. Quite user-friendly and not at all difficult to use, this software is indeed one that deserves a closer look if you have certain doubts that your environment is foolproof.